Fab-Culture Perma-Lab Master Plan 2018

The aim of this 10% project for you, my peach, to invent and resolve to design a proto-typable, Permaculture orientated product, to inspire, innovation and attract users to Fab Labs and Permaculture, as well as show the potential of these two initiatives. This empowers prospective communities to recreate your invention, which in the process of making, cultivates learning, the transfer of knowledge, skill sharing and innovation. Your design solution will also illustrate how Permaculture can improve communities and inform design and new designers.

This year Fab Lab, Permaculture and the Living Room are working together like ctrl C & ctrl V. The Living is a space to inspire and is all about promoting a unique urban eco-system. Greenside Design Center, Fab Lab, Permaculture, The Living Room and their sister project Temple Botanica will be working together to create a new sustainable environment for communities, business initiatives and designers

Temple Botanica is a location right outside Jo’burg city and is a paradise for plants to thrive with their iconic geo-dome as well as spacious, cascading back yard. Temple Botanica aims to grow and care for plants in the most sustainable ways as possible along with keeping their restaurant, The Living Room running, with décor coming from Temple B as well as providing an Airbnb on Temple Botanica.


Temple Botanica allows for various avenues to explore how perma-culture design can produce and sustain The Living Room Café as well as Temple Botanica staff and improve neighbouring communities. As a group we were tasked to create a space that serves as a main attraction as the site lacked such. Our Clients needed us to utilize the space below the guest house which we then decided to create a Juice Bar Area to market Temple Botanica and to gain attraction for the site.


In order to overcome our problem we came up with our primary objectives that needed completion;

  • Utilise unused space
  • Create additional areas to create income
  • Focus of Permaculture
  • Incorporate permaculture as apart of the design


As a group we created designs for the:

  • The master floor plan
  • The Juice Bar
  • The Juice Bar Menu
  • The living wall
  • Elevation& Floor plans